Our Voyage with Darwin (Cards #28-32)

Trip Start Jan 06, 2011
Trip End May 24, 2011

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Flag of United States  , Iowa
Thursday, January 27, 2011

We voyaged with Darwin not to the Galapagos Islands, but to the small town of Latimer, Iowa. We toyed with the idea of naming our first son Latimer, then decided against it.

After school, our new friend Darwin took us to a Chinese buffet for lunch. The food was good, and the conversation was even better. We sat there for over two hours, discussing what we've all been learning about Christ-like living concerning jobs, money, health insurance, retirement... We recommended reading "Crazy Love" by Francis Chan, and "Radical" by David Platt.
We also talked about less-heavy subjects such as farming in Iowa, and recent life experiences.
It was encouraging to talk with a man who is on the same page as we are on many issues. I think God likes to connect His people to encourage each other at strategic times. If our meeting Darwin was only for the purpose of this encouraging conversation, then that's great. But maybe we'll work together again in the future.

As Darwin talked about his work with Youth for Christ, he mentioned one boy he's had a recent ministry with. When it comes to Campus Life meetings, you have your handful of attendees who are there every week. You also have the majority of on-again-off-again students who are inconsistent. One of the latter, let's call him Matt, comes from a pretty rough home situation. Most notably, his father lost his job and hasn't gotten a new one. Matt remained pretty stand-off-ish when he did show up to Campus Life, and Darwin wasn't sure if anything he was saying was reaching him.
Then, one night, Matt was really struggling at home. They didn't have anything to eat. He called Darwin, the one man Matt recognized as being willing and able to help, and asked for help. Darwin seized the opportunity to take him out shopping for some food and clothes. There in the store, Matt cried and opened up to Darwin, thus launching them into a relationship of trust and respect.

Kids will look for help from someone somewhere. We just have a huge responsibility that we are the positive role models in their lives so that they feel comfortable coming to us first. Because if we're not, they will find help in drugs, in crime, and in peers that do not have their best interests in mind.

Are we the kind of people who attract the needy?

To support Darwin's relationship and ministry with Matt, we provided him with five gift cards--three for Walmart, and two for McDonald's. Hopefully they can offer opportunities for more conversation through future shopping trips and lunches.

Sometimes the best ways we can serve others is by supporting those who have been placed in a better to position to serve them.

Thanks, Darwin, for a great couple of days. We hope to see you again!
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